Herle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Herle family

The surname Herle was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. But we must looks south to Cornwall to find the earliest notable of the family: Lord Borchard de Herle (1268-1305), medieval diplomat under the King Edward I. By the time he was 12, his father Lord Borin had died of typhoid fever leaving him to care for his mother and his younger brother. As soon as he turned 18, he abandoned his sick mother and took his father's money and left to go to college at University of Cambridge. His father's legacy of close connections to Edward I led to his early career. This Cornish branch claims descent from "the house of West Hearle in Northumberland." [1]

Important Dates for the Herle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herle research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1385, 1559, 1431, 1598, 1659, 1618, 1617, 1695, 1640, 1659, 1622, 1681, 1659, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Herle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herle Spelling Variations

The name Herle, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Herle, Hearle, Herral, Harrell, Harle, Harel, Heral, Hurl, Hirl, Herrel and many more.

Early Notables of the Herle family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Charles Herle (1598-1659), a prominent English theologian of moderate Presbyterian views, graduated from Exeter College, Oxford in 1618; Edward Herle (c. 1617-1695), an English...
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Herle migration to Canada

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Herle family, or who bore a variation of the surname Herle were

Herle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Herle, who was recorded in the census of Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Herle (post 1700)

  • David Herle, Canadian political consultant and one of the top advisors to former Prime Minister Paul Martin
  • Ivo Herle Ph.D., of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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